|Dear Music Lover,|
The 2018 Hot Summer Nights Music Festival is almost here! The first few days offer a sampling of the whole series. Join us for the opening concert on June 7 at Stephens Lake. On June 9, MSO--the Missouri Symphony Orchestra--partners with MCB--Missouri Contemporary Ballet--for a dazzling evening of dance and music. Evensong, a chamber recital with the MUMC Choir, will be performed on June 10 at Missouri United Methodist Church.
On June 16, we will be in the Missouri Theatre for Verdi Requiem, a tribute to Hugo Vianello, who passed away in March. He is remembered as the founder of the Missouri Symphony Society and as the conductor and music director of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra until his retirement in 1998. Mr. Vianello was the moving force behind saving the Missouri Theatre, and was an integral part of the arts culture in central Missouri.
We have an exciting season ahead, including guest artists Svetlana Smolina, Chloé Trevor, Zoë Melcher, and the Western Swing band Asleep at the Wheel. The Resident Opera Artists will perform La Bohème and sing Mozart arias in Mostly Mozart, and will travel to Central Methodist University’s Swinney Conservatory for a recital on June 30.
Again, we will feature special events before selected concerts--wine tastings, a pre-concert chat with Maestro Kirk Trevor, the Red Carpet Walk at the opera, "Come as Your Best Chaplin" costume contest, and a street dance before the Asleep at the Wheel concert. Check for details on our Facebook page.
Renew your membership today to be included in the Hot Summer Nights program book.
Our free family concerts kick off with “What do you want on your pizza?--the topping story of variations.” The fun includes making pizza on stage with co-host Kurt Mirtsching, and the children’s costume contest, “Come as your favorite Shakespeare's character (or pizza).” Our July family concert is “Something Spooky!” Both family concerts will include the Parade of the Semi-Conductors, and “Something Spooky” will include the Instrument Petting Zoo.Download our Concert flyer!
We hope you have seen our new look by now. The re-branding we undertook is now fully implemented, and we think the new images and colors (taken from the Missouri Theatre) are exciting and help us reintroduce ourselves to the community. After almost 50 years, we want to remind music lovers that we are still here and still producing quality live performances that connect us all to the magic of music.
We also have a brand new podcast. Listen now!
Upcoming: Catch MSO members at Vidfest, a two-day music and video festival in downtown Columbia. A MSO quartet will perform at Top Ten Wines on June 2, 4-6 PM.
Conductor's Workshop Concert
The International Conductor's Institute will be meeting in Columbia May 30-June 3. Classes and rehearsals are held at Missouri United Methodist Church. The public is invited to attend and watch class sessions and rehearsals with the MSO. A closing concert will be held at 7:00 PM on June 3, at Missouri United Methodist Church. Call our office for details.
It’s not too late to sponsor music for the festival. Fancy Verdi Requiem Mass or Copland A Lincoln Portrait? Here's a list of sponsorship opportunities. Call the office and we will match you with your favorite piece.
Thank you, donors, for your generosity to help us meet the Miller Match. Thank you to Richard Miller and Miller's Professional Imaging for matching the donor funds to support Hot Summer Nights.
|Check out our annual summer music academy, which runs June 12-17. Download the flyer. Sign up online here!|
| The Missouri Symphony Conservatory has had a busy April. Young musicians traveled to Chicago for a tour that included two performances, a visit to two string makers, some museum stops and a Chicago Symphony performance.|
Watch a Chicago Tour video. Watch our musicians perform Amazing Grace!
The Chamber Players accompanied the Central Methodist University Conservatory Singers and Boonville and Fayette High School choirs for two performances of Vivaldi Gloria. It was exciting for our students to play at Linn Memorial Methodist Church in Fayette and Thespian Hall in Boonville, and it was their first opportunity to play with a large chorus (over 80 members). Conservatory parent Kristin Chisham joined the ensemble on oboe.
To close the season, the All Conservatory Concert was held April 30 at the Missouri Theatre. All four orchestras and several ensembles gave stellar performances. The newest orchestra, Overture Strings, was a highlight and showcased our youngest musicians. Graduating seniors were recognized and presented with a medal by Judith Chmielewski.
Grant Bradshaw joined the conservatory in 2007 as an eighth grader. He was a pianist, and Mr. Trevor was very influential to his learning piano composition. "Youth orchestra night was the highlight of my week, and Trevor encouraged me to learn viola to help with my composition—but he also needed one in the orchestra."
Grant composed for the orchestra throughout high school and college. He served as assistant conductor for the Missouri Symphony Conservatory from 2011-15, and says, "I enjoy the success I can lead others to, and celebrating a great performance." He still helps out when needed, stepping in as coach or conductor, and is often seen moving chairs and stands at conservatory performances.
Grant joined the Civic Orchestra in college and played full time with MSO all through college. His favorite MSO activities include soccer, tour concerts, and opera. He created the app for the 1812 Overture cannon and has enjoyed playing for the Holiday Home Tour with his sister, violinist Amanda Bradshaw.
Aside from classical, Grant enjoys many music genres, especially those with solid lyrics that fit the music. Spaghetti and meatballs (especially from Olive Garden) is a favorite food, and watching short films on YouTube is his guilty pleasure.
Grant holds a degree in composition and viola performance from the University of Missouri. After graduation, he studied computer programming, and currently is a programmer for Shelter Insurance. You will see him on stage at Hot Summer Nights this summer.